Thursday 24 June 2010

Spamalot comes to Brighton

I found myself in Brighton last night, so I thought I'd pop over to the Theatre Royal since Spamalot is playing there this week.

I took a few photos:

And on my way to Brighton, I passed a sign to the A272. Someone's even written a book about it!


Michael Palin: "Well this is a truly remarkable occasion as it's the first time that a modern artist of such stature... has taken the A272."

Tuesday 15 June 2010

Geothermal Energy Installations Global Round Up (EGS)

Latest Enhanced Geothermal Energy (EGS) Installations, Worldwide

"Geothermal Energy: International Market Update," issued May 25, found that between 2005 and 2010 the United States retained its global leadership in production with most megawatts installed, while Germany was the fastest growing geothermal power producer.

The countries with the greatest increase in installed capacity between 2005 and 2010 were: (1) United States - 530 megawatts, (2) Indonesia - 400 MW, (3) Iceland - 373 MW, (4) New Zealand - 193 MW, and (5) Turkey - 62 MW.

In terms of percentage increase the top five countries were: (1) Germany - 2,774 percent, (2) Papua-New Guinea - 833 percent, (3) Australia - 633 percent, (4) Turkey - 308 percent, and (5) Iceland - 184 percent.

Seventy nations currently have projects under development, a 52 percent increase in just the past three years. Projects under development grew the most in Europe and Africa.

Ten countries in Europe were listed as having geothermal projects under development in 2007, but in 2010 this more than doubled to 24 nations.

Six countries in Africa were identified as having geothermal projects under development in 2007, compared to 11 now working to produce geothermal power.


Wednesday 2 June 2010

Neil Innes live at the Half Moon, Putney - 1 June 2010

Me with Neil Innes. (Photo taken by bassist Tom Fry)

Well I've finally met Neil Innes! The 7th Python, as he's often called, who appeared in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian and Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl as well as many projects of individual Pythons. And what a lovely chap he is! I had very little time to chat after the show though because I had to rush to catch the last train home. But I did manage to talk to him about @Paula_Python who lives in Buenos Aires with whom he has exchanged tweets (the magic of Twitter!), and yes, he did remember her!

@paula_python I'm there! on Twitpic
Neil Innes at the Half Moon

I really enjoyed the show too which comprised material from Bonzo Dog and The Rutles; the Python-related songs he played were:

Dedicated Monty Python fans

It was good to see Lynda-Louise again. I bumped into her many times at Spamalot and I also saw her at Not the Messiah. Shuji Tohyama was there too - I wrote about him in my Not the Messiah blog post. We three must be the most dedicated Monty Python fans in the land. Anyone else feel they deserve to be included in that title? If so, please speak up and be counted and tell us your story.

Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers, 13 Apr 10

Back in April, my son Harry took me to see Chelsea v Bolton Wanderers. It was quite an evening - not because of the football (I don't think Chelsea played at all well - but they still won), but because it was the first football match I had ever attended, this lifetime. It was nice to share the experience with Harry but I think we might have to wait another 50 years before I go again.